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Wednesday
Aug012012

Theremin for Sound Design - Free SFX Download Pack

Recently I came across a stash of instruments in my parents basement that I had completely forgotten about.  It had been around 18 years since I looked in this box.  Inside I found a toy theremin I had purchased in highschool.  It was made by Theremaniacs, but they have no references to this model on their website.  In fact, I can not find very much at all on the web about this model.  Because of the design of this version it is basically useless as an instrument, but it does open up a whole world of possibility for unique sound effects.  

Here is a video of the little noise maker in action.

As you can hear in the tail end of the video - once you add some reverb, delay or any other effects, this little theremin really starts to shine.  Over on the Free SFX Pack Downloads page of this site, you can grab a small collection of some of the great sounds I was able to capture from this amazing toy-like theremin.  Go get 'em.

This is the control for the pitch of the theremin. Originally it came with a nice chunky knob but it is long gone on my model.It plugs in with a standard 1/4 inch patch cord. It is cleverly designed so that it is only drawing power from the battery when a cable is plugged into the themein.This is the top of my theremin. Yikes! Years ago a bass guitar fell on it during a performance with my high school band.

The inside of the dome is lined with tin foil to increase the space it will react within.Here is a better shot then the video provides of the antenna normally hidden under the dome.A close up look of the electronics that make the magic happen.

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